Charis van der Heide

Associate Biologist for Rincon Consultants and volunteer with the Xerces Society's Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count

Associate Biologist for Rincon Consultants and volunteer with the Xerces Society's Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count

Charis van der Heide on KCRW

California monarchs are in dramatic decline.

Goleta rehabilitates historic Eucalyptus grove to bring back monarch butterflies

California monarchs are in dramatic decline.

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The last standing nuclear power plant in California may face safety issues if there's an electrical power outage during wildfire season.

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High winds and heat in Northern California recently caused PG&E to shut off power to communities in the Sierra Foothills.

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California’s relentless clean-air enforcer, Mary Nichols, has divided the automobile industry. After weeks of secret negotiations, the Chair of the State’s Air Resources Board has announced that Ford, Honda VW and BMW of America won’t go along with President Trump’s rollback of Barack Obama’s fuel-economy standards. Nichols claims it’s an “olive branch,” giving car makers the “flexibility” to clean up the air at the same time they continue to market vehicles that make the most money. Brady Dennis of the Washington Post calls it a “big deal,” even if Toyota, GM and 11 other companies revert to Trump’s new federal standards--at least for the moment. Alan Baum is a consultant for both the industry and environmental organizations. He says the four who made the deal with California have a slight lead on their competitors in developing the technology of the future, with China currently far ahead of them all. He says the western car makers are doing a poor job of educating consumers about the benefits of hybrids and electrics. Nichols’s history with the Air Resources Board goes back to the 1970’s. She was named Chair by Republican Governor Arnold Schwartenegger and reappointed by Democrats Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom. She made an international name for herself for years ago when she blew the whistle on Volkswagen for faking emissions tests on the diesel cars it sold for decades all over the world.

from To the Point

KCRW speaks with members of LA's Jewish community, plus Israeli and Palestinian expats about Tuesday's Israeli election.

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Mountain lions now roam the hills surrounding Los Angeles.

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The Santa Barbara City Council voted to begin environmental reviews for the Cota Street lot as its preferred site for a new $80 million police station.

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The Trump administration tried to bury a report showing that it's water use plans for California would decimate a unique species of salmon.

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In California, generations of victims have adapted, rebuilt and expanded development into fire-prone areas. But last year’s blazes set new records for massive destruction.

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